When will Nintendo reveal Smash Ultimate’s fifth DLC fighter?

by Michael Gwilliam


With the release of Terry Bogard, there is now only one character from Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s fighter pass remaining, and speculation is running wild on when they will be announced and who the hero will be. 

Anyone who expected a surprise announcement with the Terry Bogard gameplay reveal was in for a rude awakening when the video was all said and done, and the next fighter remained a mystery.

Looking at how Nintendo has revealed fighters in the past, it’s likely that the fifth DLC character could be shown in December at The Game Awards.

The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony that honors the year’s best games. One of the highlights of the show is that brand new games and even content is debuted at the event.

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In 2018, Nintendo shocked the world with the announcement that Persona’s Joker would be making his way to Super Smash Bros. Given Nintendo’s history of using the event to reveal new fighters, it’s certainly likely that the next fighter could be shown here.

This year, The Game Awards are on December 12. This would give about a two-month buffer between reveal and release as Nintendo states all Challenger Packs will be out by February 2020.

Another possibility for a reveal would be during a yet-to-be-announced Nintendo Direct where the company could show off what it has planned in the future.

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As for who the fighter will be, it’s looking like it’s anyone’s guess. In November, prominent leaker Vergeben said that the fifth fighter wouldn’t be fan-favorites Geno, Doomguy, Ryu Hayabusa, or Scorpion.

However, there’s still a chance any of the names listed could find themselves doing battle with the likes of Mario and Link eventually.

Will Smash get a second Fighters Pass?

When Terry Bogard was first announced, Masahiro Sakurai and his team revealed they are developing more fighters in addition to those as part of the Fighters Pass.

While this hasn’t confirmed that a second Fighters Pass is in the works, according to a Nintendo sales report published in November, the company’s digital sales are increasing. “This fiscal year the Fighter Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has made a huge contribution,” the report indicated.

Given the success of Smash Ultimate and its roster showing no signs of slowing down, Nintendo could reveal the second wave of fighters as part of a new pass.

If they do, then there’s no telling what the future will hold for the franchise and subsequent character releases.